Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta Race

The 12th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta Race will be held on Friday, May 14th, 2021 at the  Bettendorf Middle Park Lagoon.  This is the 3rd competition in the QC High School Tech Challenge series with the top high school winning the traveling trophy & an individual winning top prize.

Team registration coming soon

Volunteer registration coming soon

Event Objective:  Teams from area high schools will design and construct a one or two-person vessel made from cardboard. It must be maneuverable and stay afloat for approximately 600 yards.  The boats will be timed from the moment they leave the lagoon dock to the time they return, with the fastest time winning the competition.

Awards were given out for:

  • Top three places based on short time to complete the course
  • Most Innovative Design
  • Best Decorative Design 
  • Link to Cardboard Boat Regatta Contest Rules and Guidelines
  • Link to Cardboard Boat Design Steps


Volunteer Assignments

Name Employer or Organization


All Time Event Records:
Group Time Date Participates High School
Student Team 2:03 (mm:ss) 28May12 Brayden Weinschenk
Levi Moser
Pleasant Valley
Teacher/Adult 2:24 20May13 Dan Drexler Bettendorf
# of Teams
57 13May16 7 High Schools (Alleman, Bettendorf, Durant, Maquoketa, Moline, and Pleasant Valley, and Rivermont Collegiate)


Results from Past Events:

News Coverage from 2016 Event:

Link to 477 Event Photos Provided by Tom Stewart

  • 2015 Results & Pictures
  • 2014 Results & Pictures
  • 2013 Results & Pictures
  • 2012 Results and Pictures
  • 2011 Results and Pictures
  • 2010 Results and Pictures
  • 2009 Pictures